Great perspective. Thank you.You've gotten good advice from your fellow members, but I'd like to add this:
It's almost summertime now, and rehearsal spaces can get hot. Make sure you bring water to stay hydrated (even if you're drinking beer or other alcoholic beverages) and a small towel to dry off betweens songs.
Another thing you may find, because of the excitement of jamming for the first time, is that you'll play a little more aggressively than usual, so have a couple of band-aids on hand in case you cut one of your fingers - no one likes to see bloodstains on a drum set.
Good luck and have fun!
Hey! I hope the jam went well. I have a couple of thoughts on your post here.Random questions.
How do I transport cymbals? I have 2 crashes, 2 hats, and 1 ride, and no cases.
At home, I have a 1 up 2 down setup. Is it rude to mess with house kit? Such as taking off a rack tom, or moving cymbal stands.
I usually practice with Hot rods or 5A sticks, but I have 2Bs as well. Which sticks should I bring for jammy, classic rock type of music?
Do I have to bring a hi hat clutch or is it usually provided?
I use a Yamaha direct kick pedal at home. Would I be ok with whatever house has? I'm assuming it'll be chain.
And this helped me tremendously! Just knowing the changes and anticipating it with a crash was so satisfying. I felt like I was directing the band.2) Most changes in dynamics or fills usually happen during the transitions between sections. So use this to your advantage as a guitar player who knows chord changes and song forms.
That will only work if they follow your time. Most of the time it ends up with you rubber banding between the metronome you hear and the time they play in. Could be pretty stressful.Thank you gentlemen.
Do you think it'd be weird to show up with a digital metronome and a single earbud? I can ride along in a song if the bass player is solid, but I'm not completely comfortable being in charge of keeping time.
And, you don't want me near your drumset with a tuning key. I'll turn a beautiful set into a ringy mess, haha.
Thanks for the response.Hey! I hope the jam went well. I have a couple of thoughts on your post here.
For starters, if you are going to be a drummer and if you ever intend to get out and play with other people, you're going to need cases or bags for your gear. A cymbal bag for your cymbals would be a worthwhile investment, and you can get something cheap for now.
A lot of drummers like to have a bag with a lot of padded dividers. Honestly, it's not "that" important to have dividers, and for the first couple of years of my life, I had a basic single pocket Sabian bag that I got for free with the purchase of a Sabian AAX pack of cymbals. I simply stacked everything on a nylon bolt with nylon washers (you can get those in the special parts drawers in your Home Depot or Lowes hardware isle) so that they stayed in a single stack in the bag. After all, cymbals are designed to be hit so unless you are concerned about scratches, it's not that big of a deal. The main thing is to protect the edges.
When it comes to playing on a house kit, I'm always more comfortable with certain things of my own:
1.) Pedals - kick and hi-hat (Then you'll have your own clutch)
2.) Snare stand and my own snare (it's rare that the house snare sounds as good or better than one of mine)
If I have those things, I can feel pretty at-home on almost any kit.
As for sticks, 5As are thick enough, but it depends on the context. Most of my playing is done in praise team settings where there's always a concern about volume coming off of an acoustic kit, so I've taken to using lighter, thinner sticks. I'm currently using Vic Firth maple SD4 combos - about the diameter of a 7A, but lighter because they are maple. Believe me, I can get PLENTY of volume out of those if I need, but if I was jamming with a classic rock cover group, I'd probably go to 5As. The thickest sticks I ever used were 5Bs, and I loved the tone I'd get from them, but I just didn't need that kind of volume.
Let us know how it went!
I think that's the exact cymbal bag I had when I first started. It depends on your budget, but I'm currently looking at this to replace the RoadRunner bag I currently use. (It originally came with a roller/handle setup, but I painstakingly removed it because I didn't like using it, and it just clunked into my leg when I'd carry it.)Thanks for the response.
I ended up packing all my cymbals right back into the A391 pack box that they came to me in. It was pain, but it worked. I was looking at this. What do you think?
I had my mind set. I told myself I was going to show up as a drummer. I was going to think like one, act like one, etc. I knew I had my mentality right when I found myself getting annoyed with the lead player noodling while others were trying to talk. Guitar players, am I right? lolGlad you had a positive experience,..guitar players at these things can be dismissive & condescending toward drummers, so you have to be prepared
I had my mind set. I told myself I was going to show up as a drummer. I was going to think like one, act like one, etc. I knew I had my mentality right when I found myself getting annoyed with the lead player noodling while others were trying to talk. Guitar players, am I right? lol